Exchange 2007/2010 Performance Data Collection Script

In efforts to help streamline performance data collection on Exchange 2007/Exchange 2010 servers, I have created a powershell script that will automate the data collection for you. One of the nice features of the script is that you do not have to tell the script what roles are installed as it will automatically detect what…

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Exchange Server Profile Analyzer updated!!

For any of you folks that might have created a hair ball on the floor by pulling your hair out trying to obtain data from the Exchange Profile Analyzer (EPA) tool, there is good news that a new version has just been released and should help resolve the majority of the issues that you might…

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Perfwiz for Exchange 2010

NOTE: This version of Perfwiz has been replaced by a newly written script that is talked about in http://blogs.technet.com/b/mikelag/archive/2010/07/09/exchange-2007-2010-performance-data-collection-script.aspx Download the appropriate version of Perfwiz for your server How to download To download these XML files to your computer, right click the file of your choice, select Save Target As… , and then save it…

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Improved PAL analysis for Exchange 2007

I wanted to write a post regarding a lot of work that has gone into updating the Exchange Server 2007 PAL xml threshold files in order to make them more relevant and to more accurately report on Exchange Performance problems. This update couldn’t have been done without the help from Chris Antonakis who was one…

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New Windows Dynamic Cache Service for 64-bit Windows 2003 servers

If you’ve ever had an issue where low memory conditions were causing working set trimming issues due to excessive use of the System File Cache, then we have just released a new service that can be used to help alleviate this issue called Microsoft Windows Dynamic Cache Service. More information regarding this new service can…

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Updated Exchange 2003 Perfwiz

For all of you folks out there still hanging on to Exchange 2003 and dealing with performance issues, I have taken the liberty to update the Perfwiz data counter collection to the latest/greatest counters as the old Perfwiz tool on our download site is severely outdated.   Exchange 2003 Update Perfwiz Extract the contents of…

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Getting started with Exchange 2007 Performance monitoring and Windows 2008

With all the moving bells and whistles of Exchange 2007 and the amount of dependencies that Exchange relies on, it could be a bit overwhelming on where to get started. For some, they may have their own monitoring tools such as MOM/SCOM to pull this data, but when you are in a real-time crisis or…

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Showing Process ID Information in Performance Monitor

In some situations while monitoring performance of a server, you may find a time when a particular process is restarting or crashing over time. By default, in Performance Monitor, you cannot view Process ID (PID) values to determine if a process was restarted for whatever reason. This is apparent for IIS Application pools as these…

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Performance Troubleshooting using the PAL tool

If you have had Exchange performance issues in the past, you must know by now that there are a lot of variables that affect Exchange overall performance and sometimes took a long time to find root cause of those problems as they can get quite complex. If you are looking for some more detailed reports…

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XML updates for the PAL tool

Here you will find the latest XML updates to the PAL tool for Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007. See below for more information Exchange 2003 XML Updates  – Download Interim update here (Last updated 8-15-2008) 5-25-2008 Updates – Added Slow QP threads, Slow Search Threads and Search Task Rate counters to detect deep folder traversal…

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